Not Tonight, Josephine
In reply to a comment by Nemo on my poem ‘Cause and Consequence’
One may have thought that it was Josephine
who had resorted to the ‘headache’ excuse
but it was Bonaparte, on the eve of a battle,
who felt it incumbent on him to refuse.
“Not tonight, Josephine”, was what he said,
I have got a skirmish with that English chap
tomorrow morning at the onset of dawn
and it’s important that I consult a war map.
She suspected that what was on his mind
was neither Wellington nor a battle chart
but thoughts of a tryst with Marie Louise,
Duchess of Parma (but with certainty a tart).
“This warmongering caper does my head in”,
she complained, “and you may well scoff.
Don’t be surprised if I find other partners
who would never dream of fobbing me off.”
© Luigi Pagano 2016